There’s a whole lot of fruit on our citrus trees. It’s wonderful to see lemons, limes, satsumas and baby kumquats developing fast in the heat, with irrigation to get the juice going, if not flowing – yet. There’s so much to look forward to!
The lemons (above left) are plentiful again this year, and it looks as if there will be a good crop of satsumas too (above right). Read more
Heatwaves and irrigation troubles, bird attacks and fruit fly… Our trees and vine are producing a pretty mixed bag of fruit this season.
All of a sudden the date palms are bursting into flower all around us.
You may have to crane your neck (and/or enlarge this image!) to spot the flower stalks as they emerge from among the fronds. But the signs are unmistakeable; in any case, the bees and the birds are leading us to them.
The date palm (Phoenic dactylifera) is truly a miracle of nature, its fruit so varied and filled with health benefits that one hardly knows where to start. And as a ratio of 50 female:1 male tree in cultivation works well, it seems the business of fertilising the female strands can be done pretty economically, from the trees’ point of view. Read more